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AQS Patches

AQS Patches in Fourth Quarter 2015

The following AQS changes were made in the fourth quarter of 2015:

  1. AQS was enhanced to support “Composite Primaries” for PM 10.(A composite primary is a site where multiple filter based samplers, operating on a 1-in-6 schedule, are combined to achieve a more frequent sampling schedule (i.e. 1-in-3 or 1-in-1).For PM 10, all monitors must have the same method code.

  2. AQS was enhanced to store the name, phone number, and email address for agencies.We will be working to get this information filled in for all agencies.

2016 Maintenance Patch Deployment Schedule

The AQS Federal Team plans to perform routine updates to the AQS software on a monthly basis in 2016. With each patch we will publish a change notice on this page and via the AQS RSS feed

Planned Patch Deployment Dates:

  1. January 29, 2016
  2. February 26, 2016
  3. March 25, 2016 
  4. April 29, 2016 
  5. May 27, 2016 
  6. June 24, 2016 
  7. July 29, 2016
  8. August 26, 2016 
  9. September 30, 2016 
  10. October 28, 2016 
  11. November 25, 2016 
  12. December 30, 2016

Note:  We will do emergency fixes for urgent issues as needed, and provide separate notice if and when these occur.

Also note, the AQS Exchange Network test environment will be refreshed from the AQS production environment immediately after each patch deployment. (Exchange Network testers are advised to note the patch deployment dates, as any active test data will need to be reloaded after the refresh.) “Refresh” here means making the test database an exact copy of the production database.

AQS Patches in January 2016

  1. The Maintain form for QA Lead Analysis audits was enhanced to allow the PQAO of audits to be changed (when the user has the appropriate permissions).

  2. A correction was made to the pass/fail criteria for Level 1 and Level 2 Annual PE audits.Previously audits would be failed if either the percent difference of the absolute difference was above the threshold in Part 58 Appendix A; with this correction they will pass if either percent difference of the absolute difference is below the threshold in Part 58 Appendix A.

  3. A problem was fixed with loading Monitor Network Affiliations and NAAQS Exclusions for users assigned to the Screening Group that owned a monitor if they were not assigned to the agency that owned the monitor.

  4. Two problems with the Data Quality Indicator report (AMP256) handling of Flow Rate Verifications was resolved:1) High-Vol samplers were sometimes required to have 12 assessments per year, and 2) requesting multiple methods on the Report Selection form would cause the number of flow rate verifications required for monitors to be multiplied by the number of methods requested.

  5. A problem with storing the reported number of digits after the decimal point for raw data was found for data loaded between December 15, 2015 and Jan. 17, 2016.These values were corrected.